We are having a fundraising banquet at Convention. This is something new.
When we think about attending the Mennonite Church USA Convention, we don’t generally think of fundraising events. We think about delegate sessions, denominational decisions, workshops, reconnecting with friends, worship, servant projects and lots of fun. Fundraising is not on the list.
Many of us have heard the old saying that Mennonites would even rather talk about sex than money. And we do talk a lot about homosexuality…. Maybe that is because we are avoiding talking about money?
Why don’t we like to talk about money? Why do we equate fundraisers with used car salesmen/women? What is so scary about money?
I have the privilege of knowing many people whose job it is to raise funds for their organization. They share the most interesting and life-giving stories. Stories of people who have been blessed with money and want to make a difference. Stories of donors who want to use their money to change lives for Jesus. What a blessing it is to be able to sit with a person in this situation and help them think about giving options and where their money can make a difference.
But don’t development people just want to talk to wealthy people? Aren’t the banquets really just for the millionaires who attend convention? No, this banquet is for anyone who wants to make a financial contribution to the ministries of Mennonite Church USA. Giving financially is not about having a lot of money. It is about sharing what God has given us.
So come and join us for our first fundraising banquet. It will be held on Tuesday night July 2. To register, just check the box on the registration form when you sign up for the convention. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!
Marty Lehman is the Associate Executive Director of Churchwide Operations for Mennonite Church USA.